Well this is a pretty easy recipe I make once in a while.
It is tried and true, and although the BBQ sauce fluctuates a bit, the crock-pot tends to meld things together in a way that the ingredients never seem to over power one another.
I will say this sauce has A LOT of ingredients and it has grown stable at this point and is seriously some of the best BBQ sauce I have tasted and much cheaper than store bought sauces, maybe 2 dollars of ingredients to make 4-5 bottles . And that’s verified by a number of people who love it as well. This also goes well on grilled chicken, or anything you like to pour some sauce on.
This sauce starts out sweet after slow cooked, but packs some heat on the after bite. Combined with my “white trash” cornbread that’s easy enough for me to make from start to finish in 40 minutes or less; I always say easy peasy, go off and do something else.
For the ribs, any baby back, or pork rib is fine. I also use country style boneless fake ribs (cheap!) which is just as good really, and makes a good pulled pork sandwich the next day, when the flavors interfuseiside. Depending on the size of your slow cooker a full rack can easily go inside a 4-6 quart.
Ingredients First make the BBQ sauce
1 cup ketchup or less, add more water for a thinner sauce,
2-3 tablespoons of water
1/4 stick of butter
3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed. Less garlic no problem!
1-2 tablespoons hot sauce – this is a choice if you like the heat! I use dinosaur devil’s duel, add any favorite hot sauce.
1/4 cup honey or less – I put in maybe 3-4 tablespoons, my honey is local and very thick
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon of crushed ginger
1 teaspoon of molasses
1 teaspoon salt
1 pinch of Cajun type seasoning
1 pinch crushed red pepper
1 pinch ground white pepper
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch of onion power
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In a large saucepan over medium low heat, mix together all the ingredients and get them well incorporated, and bring to a slight boil and simmer. You can also turn it off, because in a few minutes you will be pouring it over the ribs and closing the lid on the crock pot and 4 hours later you will be loving this.
Ingredients Prep the slow cooker
I like to get the crock-pot on high as soon as I start. Sometimes it is just getting all your stuff to temperature as you move along to save some time in the long run and has no negative on the outcome.
1 onion sliced to lay on the bed of the cooker
2 cloves of garlic – optional and really you will never taste the garlic.
Put that right in the cooker
Trim as much fat off the ribs as possible. Once in the slow cooker the fat will rise to the top and muddy the sauce quite a bit. I have forgotten this step in the past and it’s not that big of a deal, especially once it is refrigerated overnight.
Braise the Ribs
This is defiantly optional, but I like to salt and pepper the pork and sear them for a few minutes on each side. It adds a little extra flavor, color, and saves a little overall time.
Winter, Spring, Summer Time put them on the Grill for 10-15 minutes
Hey since it’s summer I tried a version by coating the ribs with the BBQ sauce and putting them on the grill for about ten minutes on each side. The result was really good and it looked really good. I also used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce which worked very nicely and had a little vinegar profile. I used two tablespoons, and wish I used 4, the sweet took over a bit. But I could pour that hot sauce over my head and drink it for days.
Ok that’s pretty much it! Add one layer of ribs over the onions in the crock pot, and pour some of the BBQ sauce over it. Then if you have more ribs, pour and repeat.
Put the lid on and crank the cooker to high and in 4 hours, maybe a little less or more (always check the proper temperature for your cut of meat) they are done.
This is best when they are just done, or refrigerated overnight, in between that, ah not as good, but still good.
You don’t have to make the BBQ sauce, you can use any favorite BBQ sauce and simply pour it over and done. Believe me making your own BBQ sauce is very easy. Please consider leaving a comment if you have any questions, or what kind of results you got using this recipe. Be-live me I imagine you will improve or modify recipe, it would be great to share it others. I even have to go back to this post to remember all the ingredients.
A favorite side with my ribs lately is my Muffin-Pan Potato Gratins | Cheddar Cheese and Bacon